Just a couple of weeks left in the regular season, as we all limp towards the finish line with injuries. I have reached a point where I am considering dumping legitimate keepers that can't stay healthy in order to try to salvage things down the stretch. Fortunately for me, I am pretty locked in scoring (first) and rebounding (last), so I can really pinpoint the other categories. Unfortunately, I still need someone who can pass the ball and block shots. Nene fits the bill for me to some extent, but he hasn't played the last four games.
We hit the All-Star break this week, with most teams in the Association having only two games on their schedule. We are taking this opportunity to check in across the NBA, looking at each team, division by division. Who has emerged this season? Who are potential players as we approach the trading deadline? We move to the Western Conference and continue with the Northwest Division.
The NBA takes Christmas Eve off, then returns with five televised games back to back, running from Noon Eastern all the way to midnight! What does your fantasy team need? If you are in a roto style league, the categories should be taking shape. Is it time to bail on certain categories? Much can be said about head to head leagues.... can you pickup in deficient areas? enough to compete? As always, developing rookies, opportunity created by injury and now... anticipating NBA trades are the key to finding fantasy nuggets.
How did you do in your draft or auction? Have you had to dip into the free agency pool much yet? There are many strategies at play here. When is it too early to bail on a player and seek a replacement? If you wait too long, does the valid talent that slipped through get gobbled up? Is it better to wait and see how surprising talent develops, rather than jumping to changes too early? Lets take a look at the big men across the Association.
As we play out the final month of the 2011-'12 NBA season, we take a look at each franchise. Who emerged, what went wrong, what lies ahead. A look at post season chances, long term potential and upgrades possible in this summer's NBA draft. We continue in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference with the Utah Jazz.
And a Happy Ash Wednesday on the eve of the final games before the NBA All-Star break. We have some replacement news, involving those opting out of this weekend's festivities due to injury and more. Impact fantasy players are using the break to get a few extra days to heal heading into the weekend and news of some potential "hazing" of a rookie in the slam dunk competition.
As we continue towards the NBA All-Star break and the abbreviated season mid-way point, time to review your roster. What young players are emerging? Who is returning from injury? Who on your squad may need replacing with minutes soon to be lost to a returning starter? These are things you need to consider when reviewing your team. Here is a look at forwards you may want to give a along with percentage owned in Flea Flicker leagues.
It's not only Christmas Eve, but the eve of the start of the NBA season. We continue to provide updates from each of the Association's six divisions, with the Eastern Conference now complete. We begin our Western Conference previews with the Northwest Division. Oklahoma City is the pride here and perhaps the entire Conference. Dallas and the Lakers are a year older with the Clippers arguably the Thunder's main obstacle this season. We highlight key players and updates on also update ongoing Flea Flicker auctions and drafts. Bookmark Talking Hoops and check back daily for the latest information that impacts your wagers and fantasy basketball.